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INTERNATIONAL ISSUES - PALESTINE

Abu Dhabi residents protest Israel's heinous invasion

Posted on 06/04/2002

A huge march was staged yesterday along the Abu Dhabi Corniche in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle against the Israeli occupation. Thousands of resident and expatriate demonstrators vehemently denounced the Zionist terrorist military campaign orchestrated against the unarmed innocent Palestinian elderly, women and children in the Palestinian towns and villages. The crowds shouted slogans condemning the brutality of the Zionist foe, calling upon the Arab-Islamic world, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi TV holds telethon for Palestinians

Posted on 06/04/2002

Sentiments are running high all across the Arab World, where popular sympathy for the Palestinians is deep. It is because of Arab satellite channels the Arab street mobilised its efforts in support of the Palestinians and their Intifada. Abu Dhabi Television yesterday joined in organising a telethon in support of the Palestinians. Viewers were asked to offer their donations to the UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) which delivers relief aid to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. RCS ...  >>MORE

UAE urges UN Security Council to act against Israel

Posted on 05/04/2002

The United Arab Emirates called on the UN Security Council and international major players to press Israel to halt its genocide war against the Palestinian people and withdraw immediately from Palestinian territories. ' While renewing its absolute support for the struggle of the Palestinian people and their legitimate leadership in these exceptional circumstances, the UAE demands the Security Council, the US and EU to shoulder their full political, legal and moral responsibilities towards the ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalid hails Zayed's stance Arab issues

Posted on 05/04/2002

Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ras Al Khaimah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, hailed President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his honourable stances on Arab issues, particularly the Palestinian cause. Talking to a procession organised by the Ras Al Khaimah Girl's Club in solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are resisting Israeli aggression. Sheikh Khalid said " We say to the Leader, Yasser Arafat, that you are not alone. We are all behind you. The heroic march of the ...  >>MORE

Israel deports UAE TV representatives

Posted on 04/04/2002

As part of its imposition of restrictions on reporting of events in Palestine, Israel removed the press credentials of two Abu Dhabi Television staff. Leila Odeh, Abu Dhabi television correspondent, and Jassim Azzawi, the network's visiting correspondent, were asked to leave by April 4. Odeh has said that she will try and stay to report events, despite the restrictions. Odeh said that she was told the ban was because of Abu Dhabi TV's support for the Palestinian cause, which the Israelis ...  >>MORE

Mohammed condemns Israeli action in Palestine

Posted on 04/04/2002

Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in an interview to the press on 1 April spoke of his admiration for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, and he expressed his indignation at Israeli aggression and the collusion of the international community. Sheikh Mohammed said that Prince Abdullah's peace initiative has now become an Arab initiative. He condemned Israeli Prime Minister Sharon's attempts to link Israeli oppression to ...  >>MORE

UAE holds marches in support of Palestine

Posted on 04/04/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, attended a march held in Dubai on April 4, organised by the UAE journalists Association to show solidarity with the Palestinians. Over 1,000 journalists, Palestinians and other nationalities, attended the march. Sheikh Mohammed said that the demonstrators came to support the Palestinians in the occupied territories. Separately in Sharjah an estimated 500 residents from Sharjah and neighbouring ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikha Fatima make donations to Palestine

Posted on 04/04/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, donated Dh20 million to the Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli occupation as part of a fund-raising campaign launched by the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Humanitarian and Charity Foundation. On the 31 March, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Honorary Chairperson of the UAE Red Crescent Society, donated Dh2 million ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates steadfast support to Palestinians

Posted on 04/04/2002

The UAE today reiterated its steadfast support to the Palestinian people and stands ready to provide all that is required in support of the Palestinian legitimate resistance against the Israeli occupation. In remarks made after a meeting with the UAE Minister of Information and Culture Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Farouk Qadoumi, Chief of political Affairs in the Palestinian Liberation Organisation(PLO), said he had briefed Sheikh Abdullah about the worsening conditions in the occupied ...  >>MORE

Israel's aggression is first stage of globalisation: Tayer warns

Posted on 04/04/2002

Minister of Communications Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer condemned today the Israeli barbarian attack on Palestinian people, branding these acts as preliminary stages of globalisation. ' I would like to take this opportunity to condemn the barbarian attack of the Israeli troops on our Arab brethren in Palestine. The attack is supported by all powers which claim democracy and human rights, while trying to get rid of the Palestinians as an introduction to the whole Arab World aiming at our resources and ...  >>MORE

Saed condemns Israeli massacres against Palestinians

Posted on 04/04/2002

The UAE urged yesterday the United States, in its capacity as a major sponsor of the Middle East peace process, to exert more efforts to halt the brutal massacres being perpetrated by Israeli occupation forces against the unarmed Palestinian civilians. Foreign Ministry Under Secretary Saif Saeed bin Saed called, at a meeting with US Ambassador Marcelle Wahba here, on Washington to press Israel to implement Security Council Resolutions 242,338,425, 1397 and 1402 and the land for peace formula. ...  >>MORE

Big solidarity march held in Dubai

Posted on 04/04/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday participated in the biggest march ever in the UAE with thousands of slogan-chanting angry protesters marching on the streets of Dubai, protesting against Israel's barbarism in the Occupied Territories. Sheikh Mohammed said that the demonstrators came to express their sentiments towards the steadfast Palestinians in the occupied territories. The demonstrators burnt Israeli flags and called on ...  >>MORE

UAE calls on G77 to help stop Israeli terrorism

Posted on 03/04/2002

The UAE has called on G77 countries, meeting here at the UNESCO headquarters to put pressure on Israel to end its current terrorism against the Palestinians. "What is currently happening in Palestine is not only a disaster but a clear policy of ethnic cleansing "UAE Representative to UNESCO Dr. Hussain Ghobash told the group yesterday. Ambassador Ghobash said the practices of the Sharon government were similar to those witnessed under the Nazi and Apartheid regimes. Ghobash also voiced the UAE ...  >>MORE

500 participate in Sharjah sit-in

Posted on 03/04/2002

An estimated 500 residents from Sharjah and neighbouring emirates took to the streets on the Buhairah Corniche yesterday in a strong show of support for the beleaguered Palestinian people, and a heartfelt, vehement protest against Israeli atrocities in the Occupied Territories. The participants sported Palestinian hatta (long scarf with the Palestinian flag painted on it) and raised banners denouncing Israeli brutal assaults of the Palestinians. They also condemned the unlimited support that ...  >>MORE

Journalists’ march for Palestinians today

Posted on 03/04/2002

The UAE Journalists Association is organising this afternoon a march to express solidarity of UAE media personnel with the people of Palestine in their courageous struggle for freedom. The decision to organise the procession was taken at a sit-in staged by journalists on Monday in support of the Palestinian cause. A permanent non-government committee comprising members of the association and representatives of various NGO's was formed on the occasion. Another committee was set-up to organise ...  >>MORE

UAE condemns Israel's savage massacres of Palestinians

Posted on 02/04/2002

The UAE strongly condemned Israel's savage massacres of the unarmed Palestinian people, voiced its total support for the struggle of the steadfast Palestinians and their legitimate leadership against the Israeli aggression and called for international protection to be given to the Palestinians. "While denouncing the massacres being committed by Israeli regular forces by using the most sophisticated and lethal weapons against the defenceless Palestinian people and their national leadership, the ...  >>MORE

Anti-terror drive would be incomplete if Israeli terrorism remains unchecked: UAE

Posted on 02/04/2002

The UAE said yesterday that the efforts being currently exerted by the United States and the European Union to uproot all forms of terrorism around the world would be incomplete and ineffectual if Israeli terrorism against the Palestinians remained unchecked. "The US/EU efforts against global terrorism would remain incomplete if the anti-terror drive does not include the current Israeli terrorism against the Palestinian people and their legitimate leadership " said Foreign Minister Rashid ...  >>MORE

Suffering of Palestinian women unacceptable: Sheikha Fatima

Posted on 02/04/2002

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President's Wife and Chairwoman of the UAE Women's Association, today said that the hardships faced by Palestinian women under Israeli occupation were "beyond imagination and unacceptable" by any standard. In interview to the AFP, Sheikha Fatima said "How can anyone accept the demolition of homes, the displacement of families and the killing of children for no other reason than that they are demanding their historic inalienable rights and dreaming like everyone ...  >>MORE

Journalists stage sit-in

Posted on 02/04/2002

More than 150 journalists staged a sit-in at the Journalist Association in Dubai. They called on the Arab governments and international organisations to make urgent moves to rein in Israeli aggression and force the Israeli forces to withdraw from all Palestinian self-ruled territories, and provide necessary protection to journalists. The Journalist Association said the Israeli aggression will be impossible without the green light given by the U.S. administration. The association called on ...  >>MORE

Jurists appeal for halt in Israeli crimes

Posted on 02/04/2002

The UAE Jurists' Association appealed to the international community yesterday to stop the Israeli crimes against the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, and denounced the U.S. for offering the Israeli occupation a political shield to continue its violations there. The association has sent written messages to 11 human rights and jurists' organisations worldwide, urging them to interfere to end the Israeli massacres of the Palestinians and the fierce war waged against them in Gaza and the ...  >>MORE

Rallies held in Fujairah

Posted on 02/04/2002

More than 1,000 pupils and teachers and 500 women from Fujairah held two peaceful demonstrations to express their support for the Palestinian people in their struggle against the Israeli occupation. The first demonstration was organised by the Fujairah Teachers' Society, in coordination with the Fujairah Educational Zone, which saw more than 700 pupils and another 300 members of the teaching and administrative staff from five government schools in Fujairah parading in the main streets in ...  >>MORE

WAM stops transmission in solidarity with Palestinians

Posted on 02/04/2002

The Emirates News Agency (WAM) stopped its transmission at 11 today for five minutes as a show of solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people against the savage Israeli aggression. The move was in response to an appeal from the UAE Journalists' Association. "WAM headquarters in Abu Dhabi, all offices inside and outside the country stopped transmission as a show of solidarity with the steadfast Palestinian people,” a WAM statement said. The statement said that WAM, while hailing the ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed hails Palestinian struggle and condemns Israeli invasion

Posted on 01/04/2002

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Defence Minister, today hailed the struggle, sacrifices and heroism of the Palestinian people and their leadership. In an interview with the Sharjah-based Arabic daily Al Khaleej and the Dubai-based English daily Gulf News to be issued tomorrow, Sheikh Mohammed affirmed the commitment of the UAE and the Arab nation to extend full support and stand by the Palestinian people until they were able to practise their legitimate ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Fatima Donates Dh2 million to Palestine

Posted on 01/04/2002

H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President's wife and honorary president of the UAE Red Crescent Society, donated two million dirhams in support of the Palestinian people, who are undergoing gruelling humanitarian conditions in occupied Palestine. Sheikha Fatima instructed the Red Crescent to immediately move and provide relief to various Palestinian towns and to supply hospitals and medical centres with ambulance vehicles, medicines and other medical materials to rescue the injured ...  >>MORE

Red Crescent Holds Conference On Palestine

Posted on 01/04/2002

The Red Crescent Society held a press conference on solidarity with the children of Palestine in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Youth at the premises of the Society. The conference which started yesterday under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and chairman of the Red Crescent Society, was convened under the slogan "We are with you, Children of Palestine". The conference was addressed by Abdullah Aqeeda Al Muhairi, the Crescent's ...  >>MORE

Palestinians and other Arabs gather in solidarity with Palestinian people

Posted on 01/04/2002

Large crowds of Palestinians and Arab expatriates yesterday gathered before the Palestinian Embassy here to express their solidarity with Palestinian people against the Israeli onslaught. The crowds hailed the struggle of the Palestinian people and demanded the siege to be lifted from President Yasser Arafat, the symbol of the Palestinian people. Khalid Malak, Palestinian Ambassador, thanked President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his extending the UAE's full backing to the Palestinian ...  >>MORE

Cultural foundation to counter Israeli cultural offensive

Posted on 01/04/2002

Mohammed Ahmed Al Suweidi, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, today said that the Foundation would launch a cultural counter offensive against Israel and the Jewish tradition of distorting historical facts. In a press conference on the occasion of the 12th Abu Dhabi Book Fair due to start on April 7, Suweidi said that Arab peoples could not turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the Israeli army against the Palestinian people. He added that the Palestinian people ...  >>MORE

March in support for Palestinians in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 31/03/2002

Hundreds of people from the Arab and Muslim communities marched in Abu Dhabi yesterday in support of the Palestinian people and their leadership who faced brutal Israeli aggression for the second day. Demonstrators chanted slogans condemning practices of the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and calling on the U.S. to work for implementing the UN Security Council resolution passed yesterday. They also called for imposing swift sanctions against Israel if it failed to comply with the ...  >>MORE

Zayed calls on U.S. to force Israel on immediate withdrawal from Palestinian territories

Posted on 31/03/2002

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan today called upon the United States to activate the Security Council resolution issued Saturday morning and to force Israel to immediately withdrawal from the Palestinian towns it had re-occupied and to lifting its unjust siege on the Palestinian leadership, towns and villages. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Zayed said that the U.S., in its capacity as the biggest power in the world and the sponsor of the Middle East ...  >>MORE

Zayed confers on telephone with Prince Abdullah

Posted on 30/03/2002

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday telephoned Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Head of the National Guard, and reviewed with him latest developments in the Palestinian territories, following the Israeli onslaught against the city of Ramallah and the headquarters of President Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian leadership. They also discussed ways of putting an end to the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people. (The Emirates ...  >>MORE

Hundreds stage march in Dubai

Posted on 30/03/2002

Hundreds of UAE nationals, and Arab expatriates most of them Palestinians, held demonstration that moved through the main streets in Dubai. The demonstrators said the parade was reacting to the Israeli shelling of Yasser Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah. The peaceful demonstration, which was organised by a group of young men, started at around 5pm with around 1,500 people, including women and children. The participants held Palestinian flags and the men wore their distinctive headgear. And as ...  >>MORE

Key UAE role in return of Palestinians

Posted on 29/03/2002

BEIRUT - The UAE delegation to the ongoing Arab Summit in Beirut tried its best on Wednesday and yesterday in co-ordination with a number of Arab countries to convince the Palestinian delegation to return to the hall of the summit. The efforts later resulted in side-stepping the problems which led to the Palestinian delegation's walkout yesterday from the summit. Eventually, Rafik Al Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Information and ...  >>MORE

Arab Summit begins in Beirut

Posted on 28/03/2002

The 14th Arab Summit began in Beirut yesterday with the holding of an open session. The session was attended by H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Jordanian Prime Minister Ali Abu Ragheb opened the two-day Arab gathering on behalf of King Abdullah II, expressing strong support for both a Saudi plan for peace between Arabs and Israel, and for Palestinian Authority under the leadership of Yasser Arafat. 'The initiative of Saudi Crown ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Maktoum returns from Beirut

Posted on 27/03/2002

Dubai, March 27,2002(WAM)--HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai arrived here this evening, after leading the UAE delegation to the Arab summit currently underway in Beirut. Sheikh Maktoum left Beirut shortly after the UAE decided to downgrade its representation to the summit, leaving Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah to lead the country's delegation for the remainder of the meeting. He was received on arrival by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

Maktoum leaves Arab summit

Posted on 27/03/2002

Beirut, March 27, 2002 (WAM)-- The United Arab Emirates has decided to downgrade the level of its participation in the Arab summit currently under way in Beirut. HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai left the summit late this afternoon to return home, leaving Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah to lead the country's delegation for the remainder of the meeting. The decision to downgrade representation was taken as a result of what had taken ...  >>MORE

Arab Summit urged to take firm stance

Posted on 27/03/2002

A UAE news bulletin has called on the Arab Summit in Beirut, to strike a balance between popular demands requiring a tough stance against Israel, and a political reality that imposes on it rational handling of current regional and global developments. Akhbar Al Sa'a, which is published by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research said that the importance of the Arab Summit lies with its being the first summit to take place in the wake of the September 11 incidents and that it is on ...  >>MORE

Arabs dismayed by Israeli stance on Arafat - Abdullah

Posted on 27/03/2002

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, yesterday told Gulf News that the Israeli stand towards the Palestinian President Yasser Arafat is a source of dismay for Arabs who will find it too difficult to talk peace while the Israeli side is taking the opposite direction. "The ridiculous way the Israeli government has dealt with President Arafat and the way he has been ignored has caused dismay on the Arab side," the Minister said following his surprise visit ...  >>MORE

UAE anti-normalisation body to observe land day

Posted on 27/03/2002

The UAE National Committee against Normalisation with Israeli Enemy will observe the land day with a host of activities in support of the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation. The day falls on March 30th. The calendar of activities includes concerts, lectures, and exhibitions on Palestinian folklore and heritage. Meanwhile, The Emirates Teacher's Association will start on Saturday a weeklong celebration in support of the Aqsa Intifada in implementation of a resolution issued by ...  >>MORE

Zayed assistance to Palestinians praised

Posted on 25/03/2002

Abdullah Al Arabid, Chairman of the executive bureau for Palestinian refugees, has expressed to President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his generous donations for the reconstruction of Palestinian camps which had been destroyed by the Israeli occupation. In a statement to Emirates News Agency, WAM, Al Arabid said that the UAE under the leadership of President Sheikh Zayed had always been a leader in helping the Palestinian people, pointing out that the Palestinian people will never ...  >>MORE

UAE urges international community to curb Israel

Posted on 24/03/2002

The UAE expressed great sorrow over the enormity of the brutal destruction caused by the Israeli military machines to a number of Palestinian national development establishments. The destroyed Palestinian establishments were all built by financial aid donated by international donor organisations and countries including the UAE. The UAE urged the international community to take a more active role in putting an end to Israel's aggressive practices against the Palestinian people inside the ...  >>MORE

UAE wants US to focus on Palestine

Posted on 21/03/2002

The United States was asked to play a more effective role in seeking peace in the Middle East and ending the dangerous and continual Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people, when U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney met President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on 16 March. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, who said that Sheikh Zayed and Cheney discussed the current international campaign to fight ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi residents protest Israel's heinous invasion


Abu Dhabi TV holds telethon for Palestinians


UAE urges UN Security Council to act against Israel


Sheikh Khalid hails Zayed's stance Arab issues


Israel deports UAE TV representatives


Mohammed condemns Israeli action in Palestine


UAE holds marches in support of Palestine


Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikha Fatima make donations to Palestine


UAE reiterates steadfast support to Palestinians


Israel's aggression is first stage of globalisation: Tayer warns


Saed condemns Israeli massacres against Palestinians


Big solidarity march held in Dubai


UAE calls on G77 to help stop Israeli terrorism


500 participate in Sharjah sit-in


Journalists’ march for Palestinians today


UAE condemns Israel's savage massacres of Palestinians


Anti-terror drive would be incomplete if Israeli terrorism remains unchecked: UAE


Suffering of Palestinian women unacceptable: Sheikha Fatima


Journalists stage sit-in


Jurists appeal for halt in Israeli crimes


Rallies held in Fujairah


WAM stops transmission in solidarity with Palestinians


Sheikh Mohammed hails Palestinian struggle and condemns Israeli invasion


Sheikha Fatima Donates Dh2 million to Palestine


Red Crescent Holds Conference On Palestine


Palestinians and other Arabs gather in solidarity with Palestinian people


Cultural foundation to counter Israeli cultural offensive


March in support for Palestinians in Abu Dhabi


Zayed calls on U.S. to force Israel on immediate withdrawal from Palestinian territories


Zayed confers on telephone with Prince Abdullah


Hundreds stage march in Dubai


Key UAE role in return of Palestinians


Arab Summit begins in Beirut


Sheikh Maktoum returns from Beirut


Maktoum leaves Arab summit


Arab Summit urged to take firm stance


Arabs dismayed by Israeli stance on Arafat - Abdullah


UAE anti-normalisation body to observe land day


Zayed assistance to Palestinians praised


UAE urges international community to curb Israel


UAE wants US to focus on Palestine